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BIG WINNER. A $1 lottery prize may not make you a big winner, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least be treated like one. Tyler Heep of Iowa won $1 on a scratch-off lottery game. Instead of returning to the store to cash in his prize, he did what the big winners do. He went down to the lottery office and asked to be given one of those oversized checks. Rather than just simply laughing off his request, lottery workers took Tyler into a back room, where there was a camera and a wall with the Iowa Lottery logo …

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Concord Music's Craft Recordings Launches Latin Music Division in Miami

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/craft-recordings-logo-2019-billboard-1549.jpg Craft Recordings Latino comes after Concord’s recent purchase of Fania Records and the 2016 acquisition of Musart Music Group. Concord Music’s Craft Recordings announced Thursday (Jan. 10) the launch of Craft Recordings Latino, its Latin music division in Miami with an expanded staff to oversee the growing Latin business within the company. Working out of the new Miami office, former Fania Records GM Bruce McIntosh will oversee the company’s new division as vp, Latin catalogue. Additional hires include Craig Hammond as vp, commercial development and Laura Saez as vp, content development & strategy. Hammond, who previously served as senior …

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Future, Jamie Foxx & Diplo to Headline MAXIM's Big Game Experience in Atlanta: Exclusive

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/future-live-7-7-2018-u-billboard-1548.jpg Ollie Millington/Redferns Future performs at The Plains of Abraham in The Battlefields Park during day 3 of the 51st Festival d’ete de Quebec (FEQ) on July 7, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. Super Bowl LIII comes to Atlanta next month, (Feb. 3) and the city isn’t holding back with an onslaught of entertainment lined up for fans to indulge in throughout the week leading into the game. Billboard is announcing that MAXIM has enlisted Future, Jamie Foxx, and Diplo to headline their Big Game Experience. The Fairmont in the heart of the ATL will play host for the luxe event on Saturday …

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Rami Malek Explains Awkward Nicole Kidman Moment at Golden Globes

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/rami-malek-kimmy-kimmel-2019-billboard-1548.jpg I’ve known her for many years, despite as it may seem from that video, so I thought I could easily go up and say hi,’ the actor said in response to the viral video of the actress seemingly ignoring him. Rami Malek opened up about his awkward interaction with Nicole Kidman during this year’s Golden Globes on Tuesday’s (Jan. 8) episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. When he and the Bohemian Rhapsody team went onstage to accept the best motion picture, drama award, Malek tried to address Kidman, who presented the prize. Malek was seen on stage trying to talk to Kidman before she turned …

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Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott & Tame Impala to Headline Boston Calling Festival

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Twenty-One-Pilots-press-photo-2018-cr-Brad-Heaton-billboard-1548.jpg Odesza, Logic, Anderson .Paak, Janelle Monáe and Brandi Carlile are also performing at the three-day event. Boston Calling turns 10 this year and has announced the lineup for the 2019 Memorial Day weekend festival, with headliners Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott and Tame Impala taking center stage May 24-26 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Mass. This year’s festival, produced by Crash Line Productions and the Madison Square Garden Company, will present more than 55 performances from musicians, bands and comedians across its four stages. Performing on the indoor comedy stage this year are Michael Che, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen. …

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Deezer Ended Year With 7 Million Paid Subscribers

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/deezer-iphone-billboard-1548.jpg Paris-based music streaming service Deezer has eased its tradition of keeping subscriber numbers close to the vest, revealing that it ended 2018 with seven million paid users and 14 million monthly active users. In an interview with Music Ally, Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht also disclosed that the company is “touching” $400 million in revenues for the year. The platform raised $185 million from investors in an earlier funding round that raised its valuation to roughly 1.16 billion. Deezer also made a series of major pushes in emerging territories in 2018. In August, the company entered into a partnership with …

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Normani on Finding Freedom Outside Fifth Harmony and Repping For Young Black Women

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Normani-bb1-2019-feat-billboard-kjnouhou-1500.jpg Normani has been answering questions with the nimble diplomacy of a former pageant contestant — or maybe, more accurately, like a media-trained former member of the most popular girl group of the 2010s. (She’s both.) But finally, something has her stumped. I’ve asked her to choose: If she were a member of Destiny’s Child, which one would she be?  “I can’t decide!” she groans, flopping on the table in an exasperated gesture ­borrowed from teenage years. As she sits back up, her hands float to the edges of her hair, pulled into a topknot more impeccable than it needs …

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Louisville and Notre Dame to clash with No. 1 ranking on line

1:27 AM ET Mechelle VoepelespnW.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. For the second time this season, Notre Dame will host a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game as the top-ranked team in the country: Louisville visits Purcell Pavilion on Thursday (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET). Did Notre Dame learn from its 89-71 loss to then-No. 2 UConn on Dec. 2? Will last season’s two losses to Louisville successfully serve as fuel for the Irish? “If it gives …

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Watch Ken Jeong & James Corden Sing TLC's 'No Scrubs' in Truly Terrible '90s Commercials For Hot Tubs, Toaster Lawsuits

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Ken-Jeong-performs-in-a-sketch-with-James-Corden-jan-2019-billboard-1548.jpg You know James Corden from “Carpool Karaoke” and Oceans 8, and actor Ken Jeong from such beloved series as Dr. Ken and Community. But did you know the two had a previous life as big-deal commercial pitchmen back in the early 1990s before they were huge stars? “I was living in New York. I was a struggling singer, actor, dancer…I guess it’s quicker just to say triple threat,” Corden said on Wednesday night’s (Jan. 9) episode of The Late Late Show. Jeong further explained that the two knew each other back then from the underground musical underground scene. “James and I were so hungry and talented,” …

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Final 2018 college football Power Rankings

9:21 AM ET As the first FBS team in 121 years to finish with a perfect record over 15 games, Clemson sits undisputed atop the final college football Power Rankings for the 2018 season. The SEC placed seven teams in the top 25, including five of the top 10 after a 6-6 bowl season. Here is the full rundown: 1. Clemson (15-0, 8-0 ACC)These Tigers deserve consideration among the best teams of all time. So said Coach Dabo Swinney after Clemson romped previously top-ranked Alabama 44-16 on Monday night to win its second national championship in three years. Clemson’s ferocious …

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FBI looking into death threats to Trent family

9:29 AM ET Associated Press The FBI is now investigating the case of a Florida man accused of making death threats against the family of a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died last week. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and members of the Purdue football team were among those who paid their respects to Tyler Trent, who died Jan. 1 of a rare bone cancer. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that 39-year-old John Pinkham will be extradited to Indiana to face federal charges of intent to injure. He was arrested Monday. Pinkham is accused …

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Names Nwaka Onwusa as Director of Curatorial Affairs: Exclusive

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Nwaka-Onwusa-press-photo-2019-uu-billboard-1548.jpg The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has appointed Nwaka Onwusa as its director of curatorial affairs, Billboard can reveal. Onwusa, who most recently served as curator of the Grammy Museum, will begin her new post on Jan. 14. “When this new position became open, Nwaka was one of the first people we thought of,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame president/CEO Greg Harris tells Billboard. “Our team had been aware of her work and admired what she’d done at the Grammy Museum. Between her background and experience, we are excited about what she’ll contribute to our team and our …

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Smokey Robinson to Perform at Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Smokey-Robinson-march-2018-billboard-a-1548.jpg Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night Smokey Robinson performs onstage at Celebrity Fight Night XXIV on March 10, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Recording Academy announced yesterday (Jan. 9) that Smokey Robinson will perform at “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Jan. 13. The Motown legend and childhood friend of Franklin’s is the latest addition to the all-star list of performers set to commemorate the soul singer’s legendary career. Fellow GRAMMY award winners and nominated artists set to go on stage are Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer …

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Watch Post Malone & Swae Lee's Behind-The-Scenes 'Sunflower' Video

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/post-malone-live-2018-dec-y-billboard-1548.jpg Rick Kern/WireImage Post Malone performs onstage during Travis Scott’s inaugural Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Nov. 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  There’s a reason it sounds like Post Malone and Swae Lee had the best time recording “Sunflower” for the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack: they did. The dynamic duo dropped the black-and-white behind-the-scenes video for the song on Wednesday (Jan. 9), which pulls back the curtain on the recording sessions for the track, which has climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 after 11 weeks on the chart. The smoke-filled visual shows the two recording their vocals for the melody-dripping …

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Trippie Redd Captivates with Frenetic 'Topanga' on 'Tonight Show': Watch

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Trippie-Redd-tonight-show-fallon-jan-2019-billboard-1548.jpg Surrounded by candles and lavender tones, Trippie Redd performed his frenetic latest single, “Topanga,” on The Tonight Show on Wednesday night (Jan. 9). As the 19-year-old’s set began, he perched on a stool surrounded by candles on the romance-themed set, which featured a hot pink, rose-covered chaise lounge accented by a candelabra and a piano player banging out baroque backing on a baby grand for the emotive track form Redd’s 2018 mixtape A Love Letter to You 3. Redd, dressed all in burgundy, with black Crocs and a white, five-pointed star-shaped harness across his chest, ripped off the song’s hectic chorus while footage of deserts and mountain …

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